How The United States’ Both Destroyed And Saved The Taliban

In the latter half of 2001 the United States of America, supported by Britain, and later in co-operation with a resurgent United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (the so-called Northern Alliance), went to war with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban-governed state which controlled roughly four-fifths of the mountain-locked country. In a mere matter of months the theocratic administration of Mullah… Read More How The United States’ Both Destroyed And Saved The Taliban

The United States, Whistling Past The Graveyard Of Empires

  To consider the political, diplomatic, military and financial quagmire that Afghanistan has proved to be for the United States one need look no further than the Afghan Armed Forces. Reorganised and “reformed” in 2002 the diverse and fractious Afghan military have become a budgetary black hole into which American taxpayers have poured billions upon billions of dollars;… Read More The United States, Whistling Past The Graveyard Of Empires

Military Secrets And Scandals

For those of you interested in the performance of the United States Armed Forces over the last two decades, especially combating the invasion-born insurgent movements of Afghanistan and Iraq (and the many-headed hydra of militant political Islam that US and Coalition operations accelerated in growth and influence) the journalist James Fallows has a provocative opinion… Read More Military Secrets And Scandals

Ireland Facilitated CIA’s Torture Porn Program

For several centuries the physical and psychological abuse of captives, male and female, old and young was something experienced by almost every generation of Irish people during our island nation’s long struggle against colonial occupation. Even in the modern industrial era it was common for military and political prisoners in Ireland to be subject to inhumane and abusive treatment during periods… Read More Ireland Facilitated CIA’s Torture Porn Program

British Soldiers, Nazi Salutes – The Story We Had First

The newspapers in Britain are currently debating the significance of images from the conflict in Afghanistan showing serving British soldiers posing in front of the British national flag and the now discarded “Northern Ireland” banner while making stiff-armed Nazi salutes. The Mail on Sunday broke the story which has been taken up by the Guardian… Read More British Soldiers, Nazi Salutes – The Story We Had First

Patterns Of War

With all the media focus on the rise of a global Big Brother via the Orwellian ambitions of the United States’ NSA (and its smaller British siblings) it is worth noting that other intelligence gathering systems exist, especially those that apply to counter-insurgency operations. The New Republic recently featured an article by Robert Draper focusing… Read More Patterns Of War

Lessons From The First Chechen War

For military analysts like myself the two most interesting conflicts of the last twenty years have been the First Chechen War of 1994-1996 and the Second Lebanese War of 2006. In the former conflict the tiny Chechen Republic of Ichkeria found itself taking on the decaying colossus of the Russian Federation in the aftermath of the collapse of the old Soviet Union. Despite the received wisdom of popular myth guerrilla armies do not always defeat regular armies,… Read More Lessons From The First Chechen War

Guns For Hire – From RIC To RUC

In the 1920s, following the British defeat in Ireland’s War of Independence, many serving members of Britain’ paramilitary police force in Ireland, the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), went on to become “guns-for-hire” throughout the waning British Empire. What they failed to do in Ireland, the defeat of an anti-colonial revolution, they attempted to do in… Read More Guns For Hire – From RIC To RUC